British Prime Minister David Cameron has told the UN General Assembly that UK was ready to play its part in confronting “an evil against which the whole world must unite”. The statement is a clear indication of UK’s intention to join US and French allies in bombarding the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq. Delivering the closing speech at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Cameron said he wanted to focus on the mortal threat “we all face from the rise of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Iraq.
Cameron said “ISIL is not a problem restricted to just one region. It has murderous plans to expand its borders well beyond Iraq and Syria, and to carry out terrorist atrocities right across the world. It is recruiting new fighters from all over the world. Around 500 have gone there from my country Britain, and one of them almost certainly brutally murdered two American journalists and a British aid worker. This is a problem that affects us all. And we must tackle it together”.
“The root cause of this terrorist threat is a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism. This is nothing to do with Islam, which is a peaceful religion which inspires countless acts of generosity every day. Islamist extremism on the other hand believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in a quasi-mediaeval state. To defeat ISIL we must defeat this ideology in all its forms”.
“For governments, there are some obvious ways we can do this. We must ban preachers of hate from coming to our countries. We must proscribe organisations that incite terrorism against people at home and abroad. We must work together to take down illegal online material like the recent videos of ISIL murdering hostages. And we must stop the so called non-violent extremists from inciting hatred and intolerance in our schools, our universities and yes, even our prisons”.
Cameron’s decision follows the Iraqi government’s “clear request” for international support to defeating ISIS. “It is now right that Britain should move to a new phase of action,” he said. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Cameron said, “The U.N. Security Council has now received a clear request from the Iraqi government to support it in its military action against [ISIS]. So we have a clear basis in international law for action and we have a need to act in our own national interest to protect our people and our society.”